Lexi Eddings
Lexi Eddings

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Nope, we didn’t buy a place on the lake or snag a condo with an ocean view. The water came to us.

Yesterday, it started raining while we were having lunch after church at our favorite rib place. No big deal. We just had to make a mad dash back to our car after we polished off our meal.

We settled in for a little football. It continued to rain, harder now, peppering the windows and drumming merrily on the roof. The storm upset our terrier, Mack, but he’s always been a scaredy-cat when the sky is falling. We put his “Thunder Shirt” on him and encouraged him to snuggle into his crate, his go-to “happy place.”

The rain continued to fall. Finally, we ventured a look outside.

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This is our side yard. Everything that’s currently under water is ordinarily a lush expanse of grass all the way to the treeline. Now we have a shallow lake lapping against the railroad ties next to the gravel drive. Beyond the walnut trees and evergreens, there’s a drainage ditch that’s about six feet deep. You can see that it’s running full of reddish-brown water.

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The view from the front yard is only marginally more comforting. The little pond across the street is normally just a four feet deep depression. It collects run-off from the other side of our oval-shaped neighborhood, then empties into the drainage ditch on its way to a lower place. It’s still flowing strong. As long as there is no blockage downstream, we should be good.

Should be. 

When we bought this place, I studied the obvious drainage features around the perimeter of our property. I went to city hall to check on whether or not the house was in a flood plan. It is not. We’ve tried to buy flood insurance, only to be told we weren’t eligible.

We are NOT in a flood plan. All the topographical maps say so.

I wonder if they told the folks in Baton Rouge the same thing…

How about you? Have you ever been in a flood or some other natural disaster?

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The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club coverIn THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB, my heroine Lacy Evans has some disasters of her own. Unfortunately, they’re of her own making!

Good thing Jake Tyler, my wounded warrior hero, is ready to help her find her way home.

This book is coming out in just a few days–September 27th! The early reviews have been terrific!

“The heart-tugging scenes, stellar characters, captivating secondary storylines, and small-town charisma will whet readers’ appetites for a return visit to Coldwater.” – Publishers Weekly

If you’d like to visit a place that’s a cross between Mayberry and Lake Woebegone, I invite you to pre-order your copy of THE COLDWATER WARM HEARTS CLUB.

When you do, be sure to enter the pre-order contest at Kensington Publishing. You could win a $250 Visa card for yourself and another $250 will be donated in your honor to Fisher House Foundation, a terrific organization that benefits military families.

Happy Reading!


10 thoughts on “Our Water Front Property

  1. Sandi in OH says:

    Let’s see, I’ve been in a tornado, several blizzards throughout my life. Last month we were camping in a TN state park with our son and his family. We had a small creek behind our RV. It rained one afternoon and there was a flash flood. Our 5th wheel was surrounded by about four inches of water, the creek overflowed. The grandchildren had been playing in the creek a few hours before.

    1. Lexi Eddings Lexi Eddings says:

      Flash flooding is scary when you’re camping. When I was a kid, we had an oddly designed camper. The top flipped over and laid on the ground, creating a sort of anteroom. Then steps led up to the canvas-covered dinette and two double beds that butterflied out on either side. The very first night we camped out (American Creek Campground in Chamberlain, SD) we woke to water pouring into our camper. We like to say we were thoroughly baptized into camping that night. It certainly didn’t slow us down. We kept having adventures every year until I graduated.

  2. Charlene Whitehouse says:

    No I have not been in a flood. But have been around areas where the roads were closed. Hurricane Irene did do a lot of damage in Vermont when it came through here.

    1. Lexi Eddings Lexi Eddings says:

      We lived in North Carolina when Hugo blew through the South. We lost 18 trees on our property. It could have been much worse.

  3. Dawn A says:

    Several years ago, our basement apartment flooded. My brother lived there, at the time, and when he went down there to make sure the breaker was off, the water reached his waist. I’d say the water was about 3 feet high and he lost pretty much everything he owned.

    1. Lexi Eddings Lexi Eddings says:

      Oh, no! How terrible. Did you have flood insurance?

  4. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    I was listening to a story on NPR about how the old maps of flood planes no longer work. The types of rain events we’re getting now are making floods that are not confined to flood planes. And yes, I have been in lots of floods and lived in a flood plane. Not fun.

    1. Lexi Eddings Lexi Eddings says:

      That’s what I’m thinking may be going on with us. While the water has never actually reached the house in the 13 years we’ve owned this place, it’s sure come close a time or two. All it would take is a back up from downstream and we’d be paddling.

  5. Annette Naish says:

    Lexi, allow me to correct some misinformation. I used to work for FEMA and I traveled to disasters, sometimes those disasters were floods. Whether or not you live in a flood plane, you are eligible to buy flood insurance. Everyone can buy flood insurance! When you do not live in a flood plane, the cost of flood insurance is very cheap. That is why some insurance agents do not want to spend their time with it. And some insurance agents are not familiar enough to be able to explain and help a client. But, you can call – 888- 379-9531 and they can help you find someone (an insurance agent) who will talk to you about your specific situation. Recently, because at times there seems to be flooding where there has never been flooding before, I think it is a good idea to at least look into the idea of flood insurance. And Lexi, best of luck.

  6. Julie-ann Ford says:

    Yes, we have had major snowstorms (3 feet+ two days in a row), hurricanes and we also had a water main break that flooded our basement to the first floor. We have also had an earthquake, which was scary.

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